On July 3rd, 2009 for the first time since 1951 Topps brought back the original Magic cards…2009 Topps Magic. The set features and checklist of 250 players, ALL with mini and autographed variations! Each box guarantees 3 autographs (No GU/Patch cards in the set) Lets take a look…
The base cards feature a retro 1951 Topps Magic design, which I think is really cool. Retro is in these days and Topps certainly took notice of that with this set. All players are featured in their college uniforms…also really cool! The player photographs seem to have some sort of “painted” effect to them which helps give the card that retro look at feel. The pictures are framed in a thin black border with a thick white border on the outside of the card.
(There is a trivia question on the back off all the cards. In order to see the answer you must rub a coin below as it states...and the answer really does reveal itself!)
Rookie cards…well there are no designated “Rookie Cards” in the set. As you see below the 2009 Rookie class are featured in the set just like the veteran and HOF players. They are simply part of the base set.
HOF cards share the exact same design and again there is no visual difference from current veterans and 2009 rookies.
Autographed variation of the base set (sticker autos).
Various insert sets throughout the product include All-American, Alumni (featuring a dual autographed variation), Mini’s, Black Bordered Mini’s, Magic Thrills, ’48 Magic and Historical Events. The product is also said to have randomly inserted ORIGINAL 1951 Topps Magic Cards (I did not pull any out of 3 boxes).
Minus the so-so checklist (features great names like Jim Brown, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw and lame names like D.J. Shockley, Marcus Smith and Reggie Brown) I think Topps has created something great. I don’t know if this product will be as popular as 2008 Topps Mayo was, but for the price ($75-$80/box) I think 2009 Topps Magic delivers.
It’s a cool idea and something we haven’t seen in a while in this hobby…something different! It’s refreshing to see a company stepping out a little and making a different product. As I said earlier, it’s great design with a very retro feel…there’s even some color variation in the white borders of the base cards to give it that vintage look. I give this a 3.25 on the Gforce meter, only because of the so-so checklist.